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Jon Flanagan could be perfect solution to problem Celtic position

The defender worked under Celtic boss Rodgers at Liverpool.

Mathew Coull

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Celtic look set to win yet another Scottish Premiership title under Brendan Rodgers this season. Despite some rocky patches and a brief period where Rangers started to gain ground on their Old Firm rivals, the Bhoys are in the driving seat once again.

But some improvements need to be made to the squad if Celtic are going to continue their dominance of Scottish football.

One area in particular that needs to be addressed is the right-back position. Mikael Lustig’s best years certainly appear to be behind him whilst the likes of Christian Gamboa and Dedryck Boyata cannot be considered long-term solutions.

So who could Celtic boss Rodgers bring in to improve the position?

One name that immediately springs to mind is his former Liverpool full-back, Jon Flanagan.

Back in the 2013-14 season Rodgers nearly guided a Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to the Premier League title. His left-back for much of the season was the breakout performer Flanagan.

He was excellent whether asked to play at left or his natural position of right-back as Liverpool finished a close second to Manchester City. Flanagan’s impressive form even saw him make the England standby list for the World Cup that summer.

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Since then, Flanagan has seen his career harpooned by injuries. Knee problems left him out of action for much of the two seasons after. Off the field, woes have also blighted the young Liverpudlian.

But he is currently proving his fitness during a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers and a fresh start for the player in Glasgow could be the perfect move. Flanagan would fit in perfectly to the Celtic side at right-back and would also offer them options as a left-back cover.

It is easy to forget just how close Flanagan came to winning the Premier League and heading to the World Cup just four years ago. Rodgers will certainly have not forgotten about his former full-back and there won’t be many better options available to Celtic this summer if they are to strengthen the right-back position.

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Record fee for Odsonne Edouard is a gamble that Celtic must take

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The Scottish Sun have reported that Scottish champions Celtic are prepared to break their record transfer fee to keep Frenchman Odsonne Edouard at Celtic Park next season.

The 20-year-old’s loan spell with the Hoops was very much a success, as he scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. The youngster made just 12 league starts and still managed to finish as the club’s second-highest goalscorer as Brendan Rodgers’ side recorded a second successive treble winning season.

Considering he is still a teenager and is not even close to fulfilling his undeniable potential, Brendan Rodgers will definitely be considering making a move for the Paris Saint Germain loanee if his goal scoring stats were to keep improving.

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The biggest concern regarding the move is the club record fee that Celtic would be forced to pay. Spending £10 million on such a young player, would be a huge game, especially considering he is still yet to play for PSG and wasn’t a regular starter for the majority of the campaign.

However, any slightly concerned Hoops supporters will look to Edouard’s moment of sheer brilliance during the most recent Old Firm game at Ibrox, when the youngster scored a stunning winner that involved a sublime touch and a drop of the shoulder to fire the winner home for the green side of Glasgow.

At just 20 years of age, Edouard was able to turn the biggest Scottish Premier League game of the season on its head. This is a sign to fans that he could a player who simply thrives when the pressure is applied.

His moment of class against the Gers should perhaps convince Rodgers that Edouard may be the kind of player who would relish the opportunity at being the club’s record signing.

His promising record is encouraging and, with more starts next season, his current stats could look very pedestrian if the Frenchman continues to improve. Despite the high fee, it could prove to be a bargain if the youngster is given the time to find his place in, arguably, one of Scotland’s greatest ever squads.

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Celtic should consider approaching PSG for Alec Georgen after Odsonne Edouard success

Celtic should get back in touch with PSG again this summer.

Mathew Coull

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It looks as though Celtic will be able to tie up the permanent transfer of striker Odsonne Edouard this summer. As reported by the Daily Mail it appears Celtic are ready to pay £5 million for the Paris Saint-Germain striker with add-ons set to make the overall figure increase.

The 20-year-old was something of an unknown when arriving at Parkhead on loan last summer. But he has impressed, with 11 goals in 29 appearances and in the last two months of the season, in particular, he looked a real threat.

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After the success of this loan deal, it is easy to wonder whether Celtic might want to be in touch with PSG again this summer over another loan deal, for their talented right-back Alec Georgen.

The 19-year-old defender has spent this season out on loan in Holland. His agent Mino Raiola sorted a move to play with Jong AZ, the youth team of AZ Alkmaar. Here he played four consecutive games at the start of his loan spell in the Dutch second tier. Jong AZ won all four of those games, with the player receiving rave reviews. But an Achilles problem cut short his season and that was that for Georgen.

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But the teenager, who is the captain of PSG’s under-19 side is a top talent. The French youth international, who helped his nation with the under-17 Euros in 2015, is considered a star for the future at both club and international level.

As for Celtic, they could use reinforcements in the right-back position. Mikael Lustig’s powers are starting to wain and Brendan Rodgers certainly needs new recruits in the position.

Georgen is a wonderful talent with the potential to go on and become a star for both PSG and France.

After the success of their deal for Edouard, it would be a good move from Celtic to go back to the French capital and see what they say about their teenage right-back prodigy.

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Erik Sviatchenko could be like a new signing for Celtic next season

The Danish defender spent the second half of the season away from Celtic on loan.

Mathew Coull

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January saw Celtic decide to let Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko make a move back to his former club FC Midtjylland on loan. The centre-back was having an indifferent campaign at Celtic. After suffering a knee injury at the start of the season he found himself struggling for first-team football at Parkhead. Kristoffer Ajer’s development into a central defender and the presence of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic saw him pushed out of the matchday squad altogether.

It was a shame to see him pushed out in this manner. Sviatchenko had an excellent 2016-17 campaign with the club, playing 43 times for the Scottish club and establishing himself as a genuine first-team option.

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Sviatchenko had shown great development in his 18 months at the club. He joined the club in a £1.5 million deal from FC Midtjylland in January 2016 and it appeared Celtic had a bargain on their hands.

But after his struggles this season, perhaps Celtic is a step up he cannot quite handle.

Although, the opposite might also be true. In fact, the £1.5 million man might actually be like a new signing this summer.

Sviatchenko had an excellent spell back at his former club. He quickly played himself back into the first-team at the club. His presence helped an inspired run toward the Danish Superliga title.

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In the end, they managed to overturn the points lead that Brondby had and this week won the league title for the second time in their short history.

His form has shown that he is still more than capable of playing a role for Celtic. His season was decimated by that injury at an extremely unfortunate time from which he could not get back into a settled and successful team.

But this summer, he will have a chance in pre-season to push for first-team football at Celtic once again.

Fans who remember his better days in a Celtic shirt will be happy to welcome him back, as he could become a crucial member of the Celtic squad once again in 2018-19.

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